Hamilton Breaks the Olivier Award’s Record
Sensational musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda keeps the bar high. Recently, it received 13 Olivier Award’s nominations and established a new record in the history of the organization as the most nominated show ever. The previous record of 11 nominations jointly belonged to Hairspray and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Also, this time Hamilton was followed by Follies and The Ferryman, which also got nominations in a few categories.
This news becomes widely known after a live event broadcast hosted by Elaine Paige and Alexandra Burke.
When it comes to performance producers, the most nominated candidate was the London National Theatre which received 22 nominations (10 of them was given to Follies), the Royal Court’s production got 8 nominations, all of them went to The Ferryman, and The Islington Almeida theatre that obtained 7 nominations.
Who Was Nominated for Hamilton?
As for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, the nomination for the best musical actor was given to Jamael Westman (Hamilton). His opponent and counterpart on the performance is Giles Terera (Aaron Burr). Their third competitor is Ciarán Hinds from Old Vic’s Girl from the North Country and John McCrea from Everybody’s Talking about Jamie.
The nomination for the best actor in a supporting role is shared by Michael Jibson, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September from Hamilton and Ross Noble who played Igor in Young Frankenstein).
The only woman from the show who was recognized is Rachel John (Hamilton’s sister-in-law). She became the best actress in a supporting role in 2018.
Apart from Olivier Awards, the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda has already won several Tony Awards, a Grammy and a Pulitzer Prize. The composer said that Hamilton is not a fad and really deserves it. According to his words, it required 7 years to come up with the script for this show.
Imelda Staunton is about to become the best actress according to Olivier Awards for her role in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Her rivals are Laura Donnelly, Audra McDonald and Lesley Manville. Moreover, she was nominated for the best musical actress for her role in Follies. Janie Dee, Josie Walker, and Shirley Henderson stand up to her.
4 actors – Paddy Considine for The Ferryman, Andrew Garfield for the National’s Angels in America, Bryan Cranston for Network, and Andrew Scott for Hamlet at the Almeida will compete for the best actor award. The fight is going to be hot.
The theatre community is waiting for the results which will be announced at a ceremony held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 8 April. The host of the event is Catherine Tate.
A chief executive of the Society of London Theatre, Julian Bird, is highly satisfied with what’s going on. He is glad to see so many powerful performances at the UK stage and hopes to see more exciting shows in the future.
This year is very significant for the London theatre: all the venues hosted 15 million of visitors during this period. This number has occurred to be the highest in history. The attendances continue to rise further (in this year they increased by 5.35%) as well as gross revenue of the industry (grew by 9.35% to £705 million).